Via File 770, this:
Phoenix Pick recently announced that, working with the Heinlein Prize Trust, they have been able to reconstruct the complete text of an unpublished novel written by Robert A. Heinlein in the early eighties.
Heinlein wrote this as an alternate text for “The Number of the Beast.” This text of approximately 185,000 words largely mirrors the first one-third of the published version, but then deviates completely with an entirely different story-line and ending.
Huh. Certainly didn’t see that coming. Now, as far as I’m concerned, The Number of the Beast pretty much dissolved into ridiculousness during the final, I don’t know, third? Maybe the entire back half? Great adventure story morphs into, well, something much less great.
I’m actually interested. I’ll go further and just declare, Yep, I will definitely read this new book. Evidently it’ll be released late this year with the title Six-Six-Six.